PIETERMARITZBURG – A clinical display of free-hitting by Theunis de Bruyn helped fire defending champions the Titans to a handsome eight-wicket win over the Dolphins in their CSA Challenge T20 clash at the City Oval in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday.
The Proteas batsman plundered 10 boundaries – five sixes and five fours – in a sizzling 32-ball 72 not out as the visitors chased down a probing 186/7 deliveries to spare.
De Bruyn shared in a fixture record unbroken 109 for the third wicket alongside Jonathan Vandiar, which helped their side move to 13 points from six games, a return that kept them well in the hunt for the play-offs.
Defeat for the hosts, meanwhile, left plenty of work to do in the remaining four games, despite a much-improved effort compared to recent games.
Grant Morgan’s side, who sit second bottom on the log with eight points from six games, were asked to bat first after losing the toss and they responded with a strong 185/4.